The comparison of household health care expenditure and income elasticity by ability to pay levels.

지불능력에 따른 가계지출 보건의료비의 차이와 소득탄력도 비교

  • Shin Seung Ho (Department of Public Health, College of Medicine, Pochon Cha University) ;
  • Kim Chang Soon (Department of Public Health, The Graduate School, Yonsei University) ;
  • Kim Han Joong (Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Yonsei University)
  • 신승호 (포천중문의과대학교 보건학부) ;
  • 김창순 (연세대학교 대학원 보건학과) ;
  • 김한중 (연세대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실)
  • Published : 2004.12.01


The purpose of this paper is to compare the amount of household health expenditures (HHE) and the proportion of health care expenditure to the household expenditure by ability to pay(ATP) levels. This study has focused on the influence of household ATP on HHE, estimating elasticity of health care expenditures for different ATP groups. For the empirical analysis, the Urban Households Survey Data of 2002 have been used. Our principal findings show that HHE are sensitive to changes in household ATP levels and that the group which is most responsive to changes in A TP level is the lower ATP group. These suggest that as households have less ATP, households with lower ATP reduce expenditures on health care in a proportional manner than those with higher ATP.


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